Partnership provides diapers to those in need
Posted at: 09/03/2012 8:55 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
This week's Hometown Hero says she saw a need, so she created a non-profit organization dedicated to help.
Susan Dooreck began the non-profit Diaper Bank of New Mexico in January and has set a lofty goal.
"Out of 50 states, we are number 46 in ranking in terms of helping children, so we have a long way to go to make improvements," said Dooreck.
"There are children, their parents are putting paper towels over a soiled diaper to extend the use of a diaper," she added.
But the Diaper Bank of New Mexico doesn't just serve children.
"There are mature men and women who are staying home, cannot even go out, because they need an incontinence product, but they also need to buy peanut butter. I said, there is something that has to be done about this," said Dooreck.
Right now Dooreck is partnering with 17 Walgreens stores to collect products for children and adults. She hopes to have a million diapers by next year.
Walgreen's District Manager Joe Limke said, "This is the first time I've ever seen anybody give diapers back to the community."
Limke calls Dooreck a hero, but she says she just saw a need and is working to fill it.
"It is part of being a human being and diaper bank of New Mexico is one way that I'm giving back," said Dooreck.
The Diaper Drive at Walgreens goes through September 7th, but the Diaper Bank of New Mexico is always accepting donations.
For more information, check out the group's website here.